“Moonlight’s” Mahershala Ali Moving From Drug Dealer to Drug Drama “Triple Frontier”


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The age of continues, as the Oscar-nominated Moonlight star is nearing a deal to join and in Paramount’s crime thriller , the Tracking Board has confirmed.

J.C. Chandor is directing from a script by , who initially developed the project with Kathryn Bigelow. Boal is also producing the film with  and of .

Triple Frontier is set in a notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil that is difficult to monitor, making it a haven for organized crime and drug cartels.

Tom Hanks and Will Smith have circled the project in recent years, though the pairing of Hardy and Tatum is equally exciting, albeit in a different way. With Ali aboard, this has officially become an ensemble to freak out over.

With the possible exception of Free State of Jones (which underperformed despite a typically strong turn from the actor), Ali had a banner year in 2016 on both the big and small screens. In addition to Moonlight, for which he just won a SAG award, Ali co-starred in the Oscar-nominated hit Hidden Figures and the excellent if under-seen indie Kicks, plus the recent Sundance sensation Roxanne Roxanne.

Ali also played the villainous Cottonmouth on Marvel’s Netflix series Luke Cage, reprised his role as Remy Danton on the streaming service’s House of Cards, and booked a role in Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron’s Alita: Battle Angel.

How Ali has the time to class up all of these , I’ll never know. I’ll just have to live with that mystery. Kudos to his increasingly busy team at and .

Variety broke the news of Ali’s casting in Triple Frontier.

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